South Korea’s KAIST University Adds Blockchain Application Courses to Curriculum

In a bid to introduce students to an entirely new set of coursework regarding the applications of blockchain technology, South Korea’s leading technology university, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), has added blockchain application to iys curriculum.

The University will work with Theta Labs, the first blockchain-based video delivery system, to facilitate the coursework.

“We’re kicking things off with a seminar at the electrical engineering school this Friday [the 16th] where we’ll be providing a high-level overview of blockchain technology and current trends in development,” Theta Labs CEO Mitch Liu told Bitcoin Magazine.

“We’ll also start a student club focused on the Theta project, where we’ll work with students to start building applications on the open-source Theta blockchain alongside our engineering team. In Q1 2019, our team will be teaching a one-week course at the K-School at KAIST, which is the university’s entrepreneurship-focused program. This will be a wide-ranging course on building a successful startup, from establishing a team and fundraising to go-to-market strategies.”

KAIST is not the only institution of higher learning that has taken this bold step, as other institutions like MIT and the University of Edinburgh, have also added blockchain-related courses to their curricula.

According to Liu, South Korea is one of the leading countries when it comes to blockchain tech, thanks to its increasing contribution and investment in blockchain education and development.

“The Ministry of Science is investing millions in public sector applications of blockchain [technology], and its top engineering schools like KAIST and POSTECH are creating a pipeline of talented blockchain engineers that will drive continued education in the space,” he said.

“We hope to use this opportunity at KAIST to bridge the gap between academic research and real-world usage of blockchain [technology]. Our focus will be on applied knowledge that students can use to start working on their own projects.”

More so, apart from its partnership with KAIST, Theta has also announced partnerships with two of South Korea’s leading media companies — Maekyung Media Group and CJ Hello — to bring its decentralized video-streaming services to wider audiences.

“They expressed a desire to pioneer in using blockchain [technology] in the media space, and that’s exactly the type of early adopters we like to work with,” he concluded.

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